Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

July 27, 2012

College briefs: Akers is all-state, C-USA, MSC polls

BLUEFIELD —  Former Princeton standout Tesla Akers has been selected to the Virginia College Division Women's Basketball All-State Team, as picked by the Virginia Sports Information Directors. Akers, a rising senior at Ferrum College, is the fourth Panthers’ player to earn All-State first team honors, joining, among others, Bland County product Tonya Wright, who earned the honors in 2009. A first team All-USA South Conference first team selection, Akers contributed 13.4 points and 33. assists per game, while earning USA South Tournament MVP. A three-time all-conference performer, Akers helped Ferrum (23-6) advance to the NCAA Divison III tourney for the first time in 17 years.

 Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson, a preseason first-time All-Conference USA selection, and the Thundering Herd are the preseason pick to finish third in the Conference USA’s Eastern Division in the media poll conducted at media days earlier this week. Central Florida (East) and Houston (West) are the favorites.

Conference USA Media Poll

East Division

Central Florida (13)    85

Southern Mississippi (2)    70

Marshall    58

East Carolina    56

Alabama-Birmingham    29

Memphis    17

 Bluefield College will open its first football season in 71 years as the popular choice to finish last in the Mid-South Conference Western Division. Two-time defending champion Georgetown is the favorite in the East, while Bethel edged Cumberland University by one vote as the favorite in the West...List, B-3

Mid-South Conf. Coaches Poll

Eastern Division

1. Georgetown (5)        25

2. University of the Cumberlands (1)    17

3. Virginia-Wise        14

4. Union        13

5. Pikeville        11

6. Kentucky Christian        10

Western Division

1. Bethel (4)        32

2. Cumberland University (2)        31

3. Campbellsville        23

4. Lindsey Wilson        20

5. Belhaven        18

6. Faulkner (1)        1



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